Vice President of Global R&D - Applications
Laura Enriquez, Vice President of Global R&D – Applications, has 25 years of experience at Edlong and more than 30 years of experience in the food industry.
After completing her degree in Food Science, Laura worked at Givaudan as a Food Scientist before transitioning to Edlong, where she has developed a strong technical expertise in dairy-based product development. Laura is adept at combining strategy, vision and business knowledge with her extensive technical expertise in food science.
She has worked with Edlong’s customers to develop successful products by using dairy flavors to create great tasting food, tailoring customer-specific applications to deliver value and cost savings.
Laura’s expertise lies in the technology of flavors and flavor creation; the science of food formulating with dairy commodities; the selection of the right combination of flavors and their application at precise usage levels; and the ability to translate new business opportunities into finished products that customers want, and consumers buy.
Laura is a member of the Institute of Food Technologists (IFT), the American Association of Candy Technologists (AACT) and the Plant Based Food Association (PBFA).
What three words best describe you?
Leader, authentic, fearless.
What was your first job?
Givaudan Mexico as a Food Scientist in the Applications Department.
If you could give your “teenage self” some advice, what would it be?
Fight for your dreams; life is short! Always be authentic, be yourself. Be good to people.
Name an item on your bucket list that you still need to accomplish.
Eat a scorpion and a Tarantula on a stick.
Whose legacy has made an impact on you?
Definitely my father; he taught me that there is always a solution even for the toughest problems, and to be strong and see life without fear.
What is one “fun fact” not many people know about you?
When I was 10 years old I broke my leg! I fell when I was swinging from a tree branch to pick up a soccer ball for a game with friends.